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Oklahoma Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation project final progress report.

Archer P; Wendling T
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U60-OH-008342, 2007 Nov; :1-16
The Oklahoma State Department of Health, Injury Prevention Service (IPS) conducted a project to identify risk factors for workers at highest risk of fatal or severe injuries in order to develop strategies for injury prevention. The project included collection of statewide population-based occupational fatality surveillance data, on-site investigations of specific work-related deaths, data analysis, preparation of reports on work-related deaths, and making prevention recommendations. In Oklahoma, approximately 100 occupational injury deaths are reported annually. Transportation incidents account for the highest number of deaths; a high rate of agriculture-related deaths also occur. Men accounted for 93% of work-related deaths in 1998-2006. Injuries occurred most commonly among workers 35-54 years of age. Site visits were conducted and in-depth reports of investigation were prepared for targeted occupational fatalities. Occupational fatalities targeted for this project included youth (<18 years) fatalities, machinery-related fatalities and immigrant fatalities. The reports included a summary of the incident, information from the investigation, recommendations for prevention, and references. The impact of the reports was evaluated with report-specific feedback surveys. Evaluation surveys obtained information on the overall impression of the report, report length, technical level of writing, if the report would influence their work practices, and how they would utilize the information in the report. Response rates were as high as 48%. Feedback obtained was used to improve the quality of future reports of investigation. In addition to the groups of workers studied in the in-depth reports of investigation, additional subgroups of work-related deaths were examined. Detailed data collected in the comprehensive, multi-source, statewide occupational fatality surveillance system were analyzed and reports were prepared on work-related homicides: jump-start/bypass-start-related fatalities, work-related deaths among young workers under 25 years of age, and highway work zone-related deaths. Summary data reports were also prepared annually with the final data report covering occupational fatalities from 1998-2006. The summary reports included epidemiologic analyses on age, gender, race, ethnicity, time of day, month of incident, industry, geographic location, and trends by year. The Occupational Injury chapter of Injury Free Oklahoma: Strategic Plan for Injury and Violence Prevention provided guidance for the IPS on conducting farm safety education in targeted areas of Oklahoma.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Motor-vehicles; Machine-operation; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Fall-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Racial-factors; Seasonal-factors
Pam Archer, Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
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Final Cooperative Agreement Report
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division